Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Smart Board Lessons

Smart Board Lessons are being shared on this fabulous blog! Click on the Smart Board Lessons words and you will be connected to it! What great lessons!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I know it's Saturday. But I went in to school to work anyhow.  I was there about 4 hours.  When I came out, I found a note on my windshield from a parent of my students.  It said:

We appreciate you. You are a fantastic teacher!

I think they may have made my life by leaving it for me to find! I love my job and I don't do it for the thanks. But I do think that when I am old, in a nursing home, and drooling in my soup, I will still be remembering this day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gumball Math

I purchased the original Gumball Math from Teacher's Pay Teachers! My firsties LOVE it!  Now, there is an extension packet and a FREE giveaway where you could possibly be the lucky winner of the extra pages!

I highly recommend that you go register to win this free packet! My first graders are CRAZY for this program! It is SO fun to see them excited to do a timed test!  Well, and possibly earn a free piece of gum to chew in the classroom!  :) 


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Beads on One String by Dennis Warner

Beads On One String by Dennis Warner is a FABULOUS book! 

This book is about how everyone is connected by the same string no matter where you live, what you look like, or what you do. We are the beads and the string ties us all together.  The text of the book is also written to music and the CD comes with the book!  This book is THE perfect book to use with all grades to promote PEACE (aka anti-bullying) as well as respect!  It is a book that I keep out all year long and we revisit at times when it seems that we need to pull together as a classroom to regroup and work on our peace. 

Connected to Dennis Warner's site there are also links for curriculum that can be done with it.  And the BEST part...Dennis Warner will come perform at your school for a very reasonable price! He engaged 42 first graders for 40 minutes! (Tell me he doesn't have command of his audience! :) )  The students L-O-V-E-D it!

Here Dennis is reading the book to the class.  He does a WONDERFUL job of explaining to the kids why he chose certain words and explaining about the illustrator that he chose to work with.  It was a GREAT way for the first graders to hear first hand about the author and the illustrator!

One other REALLY fun thing that we did....I asked our art teachers if they would like to get in on this.  They were excited because they try to teach character education through art and this was THE perfect book to use as one of their lessons!  They had the kids make beads, decorate them, and create their own unique necklace to go with this whole theme.  Then each child took one of their beads and they created a necklace for me to have!

Haiku is coming to First Grade!!!

Tomorrow, a very fabulous friend of mine, Dave, is coming to my first grade classroom to begin to teach them Haiku and poetry!  Dave is going to teach them about visualization, counting syllables, and the JOY and ART of poetry!  I have purchased a journal to give to each student so they can have a special place to keep their poetry as they work on it during the week at school. I will keep you posted on how all of this goes! I AM SO EXCITED!